Tragically, young women have died from allergic reactions to hair dye. Hair dye deaths are real and it’s a fact we cannot ignore. Isn’t it time to do something about this ?
Julie McCabe, tragic hair dye mother loses her fight for life; she used L’Oreal Preference
Narinder Devi – hair dye allergy killed mother; she used Movida shade 55 by Laboratoire Garnier
Coroner urges Laboratoire Garnier to check the safety of its dyes
Tabatha McCourt, 17 year old girl dies after extreme hair dye reaction
Lauren Thomas – severe allergic reaction to home hair dye kit
Carmen Rowe – severe reaction to hair dye; she used Clairol’s Nice n’ Easy black hair dye
Rachel Dowley nearly died from using home hair dye ; she used L’Oreal Garnier Herbashine
Zoe Vernon – suffered horrific burns; she used Boots Permanent Colour
Chloe Robins feared she would die after reaction to hair dye
Mariade Kelly hospitalised for 3 days after allergic reaction to hair dye almost killed her; she used L’Oreal Garnier Nutrisse Black
Claire Godwin wins payout in hair dye allergy case
Melanie Kenny suffered extreme reaction to hair dye
Carla Harris suffers reaction to home hair dye
Gemma Williams – allergic reaction to hair dye
Julie Yacoub suffers allergic reaction to hair dye
Covid survivors are apparently at increased risk of hair dye allergic reaction :”The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) is now urging salon owners to adhere to safety guidance, saying there can be a “heightened reaction” to the chemicals in hair colour after serious illness” – https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/covid-survivors-could-potentially-life-23000063
The list goes on…but isn’t this enough ? Hair dye deaths and risks are real. BE careful – insist your hair salon does a patch test before you next apply hair dye .
Since 2021 hairdressers in parts of the UK are reporting clients having new allergic reactions, like rashes and burns, to hair dye after contracting coronavirus. Scientists at Imperial College London are now researching how the disease could be reprogramming our immune system, in a similar way to other illnesses. The trade body that represents hairdressers and beauticians is warning professionals to carry out additional patch tests to avoid facing legal action.
Gemma suffered a reaction to a patch test despite using the same hair dye for years. She had also recovered from a previous Covid infection. Her salon says it has seen four clients with the same issue since it began compulsory patch tests for all clients.
Hair dye deaths are due to allergic reactions to hair dye.
What is PPD?
PPD stands for paraphenlyene diamene. PPD is a chemical additive found in most permanent hair dyes, especially darker colour hair dyes. It is also commonly found in products marketed as “black henna”. Beware ! There is no such thing as black henna. PPD can trigger dangerous allergic reactions without warning, even after years of using it without a reaction.
During the 20th century allergic reactions to PPD became such a serious problem that it was banned from hair dyes in Germany, France, and Sweden. Current European Union legislation allows PPD to comprise up to 6% of the constituents of hair dyes on the consumer market (3% when added to the oxidising solution required to develop the colour).
Is hair dye safe ?
In the words of the great William Wilberforce :
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say that you did not know.”
What triggers reactions to hair dye ? see : https://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/fact-sheet/allergy-to-hair-dye/
If you have sufferred a PPD reaction or you know someone who has had a PPD allergic reaction to hair dye, make sure you/ they see a GP.
Key facts from the 10th Congress of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis,Strasbourg (Sept.2010):
- Only 20% of allergic reactions to hair dye is reported
- There is an increase in the incidence of allergy as a result of increased exposure to hair dye
- Black henna tattoos are significant contributors to the increase in allergy
- PPD is sufficient to detect contact allergies to hair dyes ( Proctor & Gamble /Wella)
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO USE A PPD HAIR DYE, AND YOU’RE NOT SURE, GET TESTED BY A DERMATOLOGIST FOR PPD ALLERGY! DO A SKIN ALLERGY TEST TO PREDICT CONTACT DERMATITIS TO HAIR DYES.
Ammonia Free Hair Dyes & Colours:
“PPD remains a key ingredient in ammonia free hair dye”.
“1 in 3 Colourstart customers don’t know the difference between an irritant and an allergen. UK audiences will see more big budget TV and press advertising ammonia free hair colours. A worrying poll of Colourstart salons leads us to fear that this product may be misinterpreted by salons as being less likely to cause allergy. This is not true. Ammonia is an irritant and can burn anyone if used incorrectly. PPD is an allergen and this can cause allergy, even if it is used correctly during application, that’s why salons are asked to conduct a patch test.”
Cancer & Hair Dyes
Have you suffered an allergic reaction to hair dye or so called “Black Henna” and is it possible to react to Henna and Indigo?
Pure henna and indigo hair dyes are probably just the answer you’ve been waiting for. PPD and henna have no family ties whatsoever and are totally unrelated, so if you’ve reacted to PPD it doesn’t mean you’re barred from natural plant dyes like pure henna & indigo but it does mean you must definitely steer clear of metallic salt compound or pre-mixed hennas which may contain PPD dye. Always read the ingredients. If it says 100% lawsonia inermis (henna) and 100% indigofera tinctoria (indigo) and nothing else, then it’s safe to assume it’s safe. Otherwise, steer clear. If you’ve suffered a PPD reaction, GO TO RENAISSANCE HENNA NATURAL HAIR DYE FEEDBACK for customer testimonials. Renaissance henna natural hair dye is used successfully by PPS allergy patients.
Anyone may react to a herbal product the same as to a synthetic chemical product. Therefore patch test and strand test first. If you are at all unsure about henna and indigo then consult your doctor or dermatologist.